A systematic review of telemedicine assessments based on searches of electronic databases between 1966 and December 2000 identified 66 scientifically credible studies that included comparison with a non-telemedicine alternative and that reported administrative changes, patient outcomes, or results of economic assessment. Thirty-seven of the studies (56%) suggested that telemedicine had advantages over the alternative approach, 24 (36%) also drew attention to some negative aspects or were unclear whether telemedicine had advantages and five (8%) found that the alternative approach had advantages over telemedicine. The most convincing evidence on the efficacy and effectiveness of telemedicine was given by some of the studies on teleradiology (especially neurosurgical applications), telemental health, transmission of echocardiographic images, teledermatology, home telecare and on some medical consultations. However, even in these applications, most of the available literature referred only to pilot projects and to short-term outcomes. Few papers considered the long-term or routine use of telemedicine. For several applications, including teleradiology, savings and sometimes clinical benefit were obtained through avoidance of travel and associated delays. Studies of home care and monitoring applications showed convincing evidence of benefit, while those on teledermatology indicated that there were cost disadvantages to health-care providers, although not to patients. Forty-four of the studies (67%) appeared to have potential to influence future decisions on the telemedicine application under consideration. However, a number of these had methodological limitations. Although useful clinical and economic outcomes data have been obtained for some telemedicine applications, good-quality studies are still scarce and the generalizability of most assessment findings is rather limited.
"During the past two decades, many broad reviews of telemedicine have been published, describing the state of knowledge and assessing – to some extent – the quality of the evidence at hand. Some reviews are wide ranging both in scope and geography , , some are broad in scope but restricted to some countries , some deal with specific perspectives of application (like diagnostic and management decisions) , , and rare ones look at costs . Two recent systematic reviews added to the literature in this area: one assessed the effect of telemedicine on professional practice and on patient health care outcome  and the other was a systematic review of reviews about the effectiveness of telemedicine . "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To systematically review the literature on image-based telemedicine for medical expert consultation in acute care of injuries, considering system, user, and clinical aspects.
PLoS ONE 06/2014; 9(6):e98539. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0098539 · 3.23 Impact Factor
"This includes the delivery of medical care services, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, as well as health education and the transfer of medical data " . In 1906, Wilhelm Einthoven experimented the first telemedicine by transmitting electrocardiogram (ECG) recordings through telephone   . Since then, telemedicine has become routine practice for specialists to review remote patients' radiology and neurosurgery image  . "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Internet of Things (IoT) brings telemedicine a new chance. This enables the specialist to consult the patient’s condition despite the fact that they are in different places. Medical image segmentation is needed for analysis, storage, and protection of medical image in telemedicine. Therefore, a variety of methods have been researched for fast and accurate medical image segmentation. Performing segmentation in various organs, the accurate judgment of the region is needed in medical image. However, the removal of region occurs by the lack of information to determine the region in a small region. In this paper, we researched how to reconstruct segmentation region in a small region in order to improve the segmentation results. We generated predicted segmentation of slices using volume data with linear equation and proposed improvement method for small regions using the predicted segmentation. In order to verify the performance of the proposed method, lung region by chest CT images was segmented. As a result of experiments, volume data segmentation accuracy rose from 0.978 to 0.981 and from 0.281 to 0.187 with a standard deviation improvement confirmed.
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The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of the implantable Doppler system based on the analysis of the available scientific literature and clinical and cost data available in our hospital. The results of this system are compared to those of conventional free flap monitoring methods.
Materials and methods:
The literature published between 1991 and 2011 was systematically reviewed. All available cost data were collected and several simulations were performed. A retrospective assessment of the efficacy of conventional methods in our hospital was also conducted.
Results and conclusion:
The implantable Doppler system is more effective than the conventional methods used to monitor free flap perfusion. The mean flap salvage rate with the implantable Doppler was 21 percentage points higher (81.4 vs. 60.4). The excess cost compared to conventional methods was about CAD 120 per patient (about EUR 94). However, this excess cost can be compensated or even reversed, depending on the initial flap salvage rate in the health facility and the type of free flap (buried vs. non-buried).
European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases 04/2013; 130(2):79-85. DOI:10.1016/j.anorl.2012.07.003 · 0.82 Impact Factor
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